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      Introducing the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)

      Are you ready to present a three-minute version of your capstone project, improve your research skills, better promote yourself, fine-tune your public speaking, and on top of all that – earn recognition at Commencement and a cash prize?

      Graduate students around the world are participating in the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). First established by Australia’s University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT® provides you with a unique opportunity to take your master’s degree capstone project and condense it into a three-minute presentation using just a single slide.*

      Current American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) graduate students – as well as the alumni of graduate programs who graduated after January 1, 2016 – are eligible to participate in the 3MT® competition.

      View the 3MT® official rules.

      The 3MT® competition has two stages:

      1: Record and submit a video of yourself delivering a brief three-minute presentation summarizing your research findings, along with one supporting slide.

      2: Selected finalists will then deliver their presentations again during a live video conference, where first and second prizes will be awarded. These presentations will be uploaded to the Web for public voting in the People's Choice category.

      A panel of judges will select finalists and winners based on judging criteria. Deadline for submission: March 31, 2017

      See what winning 3MT® entries look like. Check out the showcase of other competition finalists to get ideas for your recorded video presentation.

      Missed the introductory webinar outlining the competition guidelines and criteria? Review the recording again before submitting your entry.

      Prizes

      Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place winner, the runner-up, and the People’s Choice** winner.

      Winner: $300
      Runner-up: $200
      People’s Choice: $100

      Submit your contact details and video below, then upload your slide (as jpeg, png, or gif format) and title/description in the next step:

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      Thank you for entering the APUS Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). We will review your submission and reach out if additional information is required. All finalists will be selected by April 14, 2017 and applicants notified. For any questions about the competition or the status of your submission, please contact graduatestudies@apus.edu.

      Judging Criteria

      Comprehension and Content

      • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
      • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
      • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
      • Was the project topic, key results, significance, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
      • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
      • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

      Engagement and Communication

      • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
      • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their project?
      • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their project?
      • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
      • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research/project?
      • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
      • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident demeanor?
      • Did the slide/visual enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

      What is 3MT?

      • The Three Minute Thesis competition is a skills development activity that challenges graduate students to explain their capstone project to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.

      Who is eligible to participate?

      • Current American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) graduate sutdents - as well as the alumni of graduate programs who graduated after January 1, 2016. View the 3MT® official rules.

      What is the contest deadline?

      • The contest will be open to submissions from 12:01 a.m. EST on February 1, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2017. All entries must be complete (with video and slide), contain accurate student information, and submitted by the end time on March 31 to be considred eligible.

      What do I need to submit?

      • Candidates should record and submit a 3-minute video presentation, uploaded to YouTube or another sharing service. This recording can be completed on any accessible recording device/software, such as smartphones, video cameras, Adobe Connect, etc. Submit the link to your video and the single accompanying slide via the Entry Form.

      What is allowed in the presenter's PowerPoint slide?

      • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that 'less is more.' It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective is assisting the presenter's explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound, or 'movement' is permitted).

      Can additional props be used in the presentation?

      • No, additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are not permitted during a 3MT presentation.

      Is there a dress code for the video presentation?

      • There is no stipulated dress requirement, however we encourage 'smart casual' (i.e. dress shirt and khakis, or blouse and slacks).

      How will the presentations be judged?

      • A judging panel will review all submissions and evaluate based on presentation comprehension, content, engagement, and communication. View the 3MT® judging criteria.

      When will I be notified if I am selected as a finalist?

      • All finalists will be selected and notified by April 14, 2017.

      For additional questions about the competition, please contact graduatestudies@apus.edu.

      American Public University System, Inc.’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition

      Official Rules

       

      No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.  Void where prohibited by law, rule, or regulation. 

       

      American Public University System, Inc.’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition (the “Promotion”) consists of multiple prizes and is offered only to U.S. citizens who are 18 and over on the date of entry and begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on February 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2017 (the “Promotion Period”).  Employees of American Public University System, Inc. (“APUS”) and their immediate families (and those living in their households) are not eligible to participate.

       

      To enter, visit www.apus.edu/3MT and complete the entry form during the Promotion Period.  Entries also may be submitted by hand writing entrant’s name, address, phone number, and email address on a 3 x 5 inch card and mailing the card along with a videotape entry to “American Public University System, Inc.’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition”, 111 W. Congress Street  Charles Town, WV 25414.  Each entry must be in a separate, postage paid and postmarked envelope and must be postmarked during the Promotion Period.  Limit one entry per person, household, IP address and/or email address per day.  Odds of winning depend solely on number of entries received.

       

      Two (2) winners will be selected as first and second place winners by a contest review board on or before May 20, 2017 based on judging criteria below.  A third winner will be selected by general consensus as the “People’s Choice” as further described below. The prizes are as follows:  first place $300.00; second place $200.00; and the People’s Choice $100.00.

                 

      Judging Criteria:

      • Communication style: Was the research/project topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
        • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
        • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their project?
        • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their project?
        • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
        • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research/project?
      • Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
        • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident demeanor?
        • Did the slide/visual enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?
      • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research/project?
        • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
        • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
        • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
        • Was the project topic, key results, significance, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
        • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
        • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

       

      People’s Choice Award:

      Entries selected as finalists will be displayed on the internet for public voting during a three-week period. The submission with the greatest number of votes will be selected as the People’s Choice winner.

       

      Winners will be notified by electronic mail within (7) days of the selection.  Winners must comply with all instructions in the prize notification communication, including completion of an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, and return the affidavit within ten (10) days of the date on the notification, and also must meet all of the eligibility requirements set forth within these rules except where prohibited by law. If these requirements are not met, the prize will be forfeited. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for APUS and its affiliates to use winner’s name and likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law. 

       

      All entries must be personally entered by the individual who is listed as the entrant and no third parties may enter sweepstakes for or on behalf of any person.  Any dispute regarding submission of any online entry will be deemed submitted by the e-mail account holder.

       

      APUS is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail or for any additional costs associated with the prize.  Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification.  Only three (3) prizes will be awarded.  By accepting a prize, winners agree to release, discharge and hold harmless APUS, its affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, officers, directors and employees from any damages which may arise out of participation in the Promotion or out of the acceptance, use, misuse, or possession of a prize.  Liability for any applicable taxes, including all federal, state, and local taxes and/or other fees or expenses that may apply to prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

       

      For a list of winners, send an email request to graduatestudies@apus.edu or a written request, together with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to: American Public University System, Inc.’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winners, 111 W. Congress Street Charles Town, WV 25414, by May 20, 2018.  Vermont residents, or other residents where permitted, may omit return postage.  Requests received after May 20, 2018 will not be honored.

       

      APUS reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Promotion or modify these official rules as necessary for any reason or as required by applicable law.

       

      APUS collects personal information when entrants enter this Promotion.  Entering the Promotion constitutes permission for APUS to collect, maintain and use this data in accordance with APUS’s Privacy Policy located at http://www.apus.edu/privacy.

       

      This promotion is sponsored by American Public University System, Inc., 111 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414, and is governed by the laws of the State of West Virginia and the United States of America, without regard for conflict of laws rules.